HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE QUOTES

French preacher and journalist (1802-1861)

Henri-Dominique Lacordaire quote

The universe shows us the life of God, or rather it is in itself the life of God. We behold in it his permanent action, the scene upon which his power is exercised, and in which all his attributes are reflected. God is not out of the universe any more than the universe is out of God. God is the principle, the universe is the consequence, but a necessary consequence, without which the principle would be inert, unfruitful, impossible to conceive.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris

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God is here below the most popular of all beings.... In the open fields, resting upon his implement of toil, the laborer lifts up his eyes towards heaven, and he names God to his children by an impulse as simple as his own soul. The poor call upon him, the dying invoke his name, the wicked fear him, the good bless him, kings give him their crowns to wear, armies place him at the head of their battalions, victory renders thanksgiving to him, defeat seeks help from him, nations arm themselves with him against their tyrants; there is neither place, nor time, nor circumstance, nor sentiment, in which God does not appear and is not named. Even love itself, so sure of its own charm, so confident in its own immortality, dares not to ignore him, and comes before his altars to beg from him the confirmation of the promises to which it has so often sworn.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris

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Prophecy, that universal and perpetual torch by which faith is enlightened.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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Whilst no people appears in history without the sign and palladium of a positive faith, without temple, altar, priesthood--that is to say, without a constituted religion--unbelief appears only under an individual form, sometimes proscribed, sometimes tolerated, seldom powerful, and never becoming established as the public and social expression of a nation.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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Wherever God is adored, he is adored in virtue of a supernatural doctrine; wherever he is despised, he is despised in the name of nature and reason.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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The intercourse between man and God reposes upon truths of another order than that of reason, upon a light different and more elevated than that which naturally enlightens created intelligences.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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It is religion which has made modern Europe what she is by its stability amid the ruin of nations, by adapting itself to circumstances, to times, and places, without ever abating an iota of its unshaken principles.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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Turn your eyes whither you will, enter into whatever temple you please, you will find there on the very threshold Prophecy and Sacrament .... whoever despises these two things, infallibly bends towards earth, knowing nothing of God but his name, and holding with him no other relations than ingratitude and forgetfulness.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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Christianity is not a law of bondage; and if it respect the hand of God which sometimes raises up tyrants, it draws up where obedience degenerates into guilty cowardice.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, attributed, A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors of the World, Both Ancient and Modern

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A really sublime moment is that when the last ray of light breaks in upon the soul, and marshals into a single group all the scattered disconnected truths there. There is such a vast difference between the moment which follows, and the moment which precedes this one, between what we were before, and what we are after, that the word grace has been invented to convey the idea of this magic stroke, of this light from on high.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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Duty is the grandest of ideas, because it implies the idea of God, of the soul, of liberty, of responsibility, of immortality.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, attributed, A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors of the World, Both Ancient and Modern

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The Church had the words reason and liberty on her lips when the inalienable rights of the human race were threatened with shipwreck.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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The mind sees, the will commands, the man acts. What is it then to act? To act is to produce something. If you have produced nothing--if no result has been the fruit of your will, you have done nothing.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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Happily, and thanks to God, there are orifices through which our inner life constantly escapes, and the soul, like the blood, hath its pores. The mouth is the chief and foremost of these channels which lead the soul out of its invisible sanctuary; it is by speech that man communicates the secret converse which is his real life.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Jesus Christ: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris

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You saw me vacillating between error and truth, loving them equally because unable to distinguish the one from the other; the hour marked out by God for my enlightenment has come: He has shown me the powerlessness of reason, and the necessity of faith.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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To write is to act.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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The party of God exists, it has always existed, it is endowed with a force which none other has been able to destroy--neither ages, nor kings, nor sages. Ages have come with the empire and stratagems of duration; the party of God has seen them pass away, and has made use of them but to outlive them. Kings have held in their hands all the power of man; the party of God has blessed or cursed their passage, and in the one, as in the other case, has covered their head with earth and remained living. Sages have written books, and made names for themselves; the party of God has taken possession of their books, and now that their renown is but a fruitless remembrance, it still uses their ashes to ensure its immortality.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, God and Man: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris by the Rev. Père Lacordaire

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Only yesterday I was full of worldly fancies, although religion had already some share in my thoughts: glory was still my daydream. Today my hopes are higher, and I covet here below nothing but obscurity and peace.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Letters to Young Men

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The inner life is the whole man, and forms all the worth of man.

HENRI-DOMINIQUE LACORDAIRE, Jesus Christ: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame in Paris

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